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Volume 2, Issue 9
December 22, 1999

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Duffield Hall schematic design phase completed

The Duffield Hall schematic design phase has been completed, and the next phase, design development, has been approved by the Board of Trustees. In this new phase, the project architects will create the detailed designs for the complex's facade, clean room, wet and dry labs, atrium, and mechanical systems. This phase should be completed by late spring. Some construction work involving the relocation of utilities that will serve the building should begin this summer. At the moment, the estimated project cost slightly exceeds the budget but value engineering and modest program reductions should align the two. Newly rendered watercolor drawings of the project that provide a realistic sense of scale, materials, and views will be on display in the Engineering Library after winter break.

--Mark Spiro, Associate Dean

Engineering Admissions reports on early decision selection

The Engineering Admissions Office has completed early decision selection and is delighted to announce we had a very strong pool of candidates. This year's early decision class increased by 40, from 150 last year to 190 this year. With this solid foundation, both in terms of quality and quantity, the regular selection process this year will be even more selective than last. We are looking forward to reading an outstanding pool of regular decision applications and will begin the assessment process during the first weeks of the new year.

--Betsy East, Director, Engineering Admissions

Krishna Athreya named director of Women's Programs

Dr. Krishna S. Athreya has accepted the position of Director of Women's Programs in the College of Engineering. She will join us effective 2/24/00. Krishna has a BS, MS, and PhD in Physics. Her dissertation was entitled "Investigation of 'Conventional' Superconductivity in some Ternary Cerium Compounds through High Pressure Studies." She has been the coordinator of the Program for Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State University since 1993. Krishna is the principal investigator for two NSF-funded projects: (1) Linking Girls and their Technological Futures through Informal Science and (2) Internet Explorers (A model project for women and girls). Please join us in congratulating her and welcoming her to Cornell. Her email is

--Deborah Cox, Assistant Dean for Student Services

Dec/Jan issue of library newsletter available online

The current issue (Dec 99/Jan 00) of the Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Libraries news- letter, the EMPSL Standard, is now available at

Here is the table of contents:

* Chem 602: Information Literacy for the Physical Scientist (spring, 1-credit) * Engineering Research Guides * Workshops on Building Web Sites and Library Resources (Feb 1,2,4) * Physical Sciences Drop-In Sessions (Jan Tuesdays, 12-1; 5-6) * Spring 2000 Reserves * The Cornell University Library Proxy Server is Here! * NEW on the Library Gateway * ILI Standards Database Now Available * Web Site Reviews * Inter-Session Hours at EMPSL * EMPSL People * How to Contact Us

For more information, contact Jill Powell .

Holiday message from the dean

Dear Friends and Colleagues in the College of Engineering,

We have had an exciting and challenging year. Many new, interdisciplinary ventures are getting started, and we have had extraordinary success in winning large research grants. You have made this success possible. I have been consistently impressed by the intelligence and creativity that I have seen the staff, faculty, and students in the college bring to building new programs and solving difficult problems. We don't say it often enough, but if it weren't for all you do, we would not have the excellence in research and teaching that we have here. Thank you and have a happy and safe holiday.

--John Hopcroft Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

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